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Monogram Grumman Bearcat F8F - Blue Box Issue, 1/72, PA144-70

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

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First issue of this kit, dated 1967. Tom Morgan box artwork. Very nicely molded and detailed with rotating prop and wheels, drop tanks and missile & bomb loadout. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions.

Entex 1906 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost, 1/16, 8467

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

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Very nicely detailed and molded large-scale kit with over 150 parts. Features detailed engine and engine compartment, complete interior, optional position folding hood, detailed suspension and exhaust, hand brake and linkage, running board tool box and more. Molded in black, gray, clear, wood brown, brass plating and with rubber tires. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes stickers and instructions.

Berkeley Fairchild 24 Flying Model Airplane Kit, 1/12

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

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Big 1/12 scale model with a 36 inch wingspan. Originally designed as a gas powered model for free flight or control line, or can be converted to electric power and modern RC (radio control) gear. Features hardware, decals, full size plans, formed wire parts, die cut balsa and plywood parts and more. The model has not been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. Berkeley is a very famous manufacturer of flying model kits from the Golden Age of flying aviation, about 1932-1954. Founded in 1933 by William Effinger, the company was quite progressive in producing quality kits - it was likely the Berkeley 'Buccaneer' was the first gas powered model in kit form. In the later 1930s, Effinger acquired the services of a very talented Henry Struck. Struck went on to design numerous award-winning kits under the Berkeley name. Berkeley weathered the post WWII recession and emerged as a major kit producer in the late 1940 and 1950s. These were great years for Berkeley and they produced some incredible and large kits. The company went bankrupt in about 1960 however. Fox engines (Duke Fox) bought the company and released the kits alongside his own FOX models and engines. This arrangement did not last, and in the early 1960s the Berkeley name disappeared from hobby shop shelves.

Scale Flight Comet's Wiley Post Model A - 16 inch Wingspan Dime Scale Flying Airplane, Dime

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

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Scale Flight Model Company in Bloomington, Indiana, USA was dedicated to releasing authentic reproductions of the finest "Dime Scale" flying model (stick and tissue) kits from the 1930s/40s. Dime Scale models used to sell for a dime in the 1930's, hence the name. They are actually box scale, but as a general guideline, they usually had a wingspan of 16 inches and have simple and light construction. "Dime Scale" models are now a class flown in some competitions. Kit consists of contest grade printwood, contest quality strip wood, machine cut balsa propeller, the best Japanese tissue, wooden wheels, competition bushed nose plug, brass thrust washers, prop shaft, prop freewheeler, FAI rubber strip motor and a copy of a genuine dime scale plan that was used in the 1930s-1940s. The model has not been started. The parts are either in factory sealed bag(s) or inventoried 100% complete with all parts and instructions.

Lindberg USS Sentry (AM-299) (Admirable Class) WWII US Navy Minesweeper, 1/130, 70830

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

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2009 issue from original molds. Very large scale model of the workhorse minesweeper from World War II. Very nicely detailed for that time with 153 pieces. Since the original issue was made for motorizing, this kit could easily be made motorized and remote control with modern, very small and efficient power and R/C systems. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Pegaso Midget Mustang with Air Race Diorama, 1/48, P2030

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

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Still factory sealed. From ex-Lindberg 1/48 scale molds. Includes cardstock airport diorama.

Monogram Speedee-Bilt Long Midget - (Or Midget Mustang) Flying Scale Model, G6-100

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

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Formerly released as the Midget Mustang. Scale flying rubber powered wooden model. Before there were plastic models, there were wooden aircraft kits. These usually came in two types - solid and stick and tissue. The solid models were static and usually contained a few blocks of balsa and sometimes a detail part or two. These "Make Wood Look Like Plane" models required a very high level of skill in carving and finishing. The stick and tissue variety were slightly easier to build and provided the ultimate thrill - they could fly when complete with rubber power (and later with free-flight gas and eventually RC). They still required a great deal of skill, so manufacturers sought ways to make model building more accessible to everyone. One idea was pre-carving and/or prefabrication. This raised prices, naturally. Many manufacturers launched lines of 'easy' to build flying models but only Monogram succeeded in making an entire line at an affordable price that would actual fly. The original "Speedee-Bilt" kits were in one-piece two-color boxes. In the early 1950s, shortly before plastic kits were available, Monogram changed to the 'hardbox' with a lithographic slick glued to the top as this kit. Speedee-Bilt kits contained die cut and pre painted wooden parts, completely formed airfoil wings, carved wheels and numerous plastic details like cowlings, pilot, missiles, prop and more. Assembly was by detailed full size plans. Never started. Factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Hobby Craft EF-111 Spark Vark Raven, 1/48, HC1411

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc++

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Still factory sealed. Larger-scale kit of the F-111's Electronic Warfare variant.

Hawk Mig-15 Chrome Plated - Chinese or USSR Air Forces, 1/48, 218-200

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

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Hard to find. Contains decals for both versions. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. Chrome plating is in above average 'very good+' condition (not excellent, not mint, but very nice with some wear) and the decals are excellent. Before using old kit decals please read the two articles on this website about saving old decals.

Fujimi A-4F / TA-4J Skyhawk Blue Angels, 1/72, 26019

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

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Still factory sealed. This is a nicely molded and detail kit from when Fujimi made some of the finest models in the world. Includes Blue Angels markings. Please note, it contains one aircraft (not four)

Airfix Vertol 107-II Helicopter - Craftmaster Issue, 1/72, 1302-70

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

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Still in the factory seal but the seal has a split on the right short side. Airfix kit in the USA Craftmaster issue from the early 1960s with unique artwork. Features cockpit detail, crew of two, opening rear cargo upper and lower doors and moving rotors.

Comet Supermarine Spitfire II - 19.5 inch Wingspan Gas or Rubber Powered Wooden Aircraft Kit, 1620-250

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

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From the early to mid 1970s. Large scale issue for rubber or gas free flight, or easily converted to RC using today's tiny and light servos and receivers. Box art is by Locher, who did a great deal of the Monogram box artwork also. Kit features traditional wood/tissue construction with all die cut parts, 'Tube-O-Matic' fuselage construction and 'Rugged Super X Simplified Non-Warping Wing' construction, colorful insignia, detailed full size plans, building instructions, wheels, hardware, tissue and propeller. The model has not been started. Inventoried 100% complete. Comet was a famous manufacturer of stick and tissue flying and static models. In the 1930s Great Depression, they lead the low-priced kit revolution with the "Dime Scale" kits and famous advertisements in Model Airplane News magazine and others. Comet reached it's peak in the 1930s when they acquired the services of Carl Goldberg. Goldberg was a highly accomplished modeler with articles in Model Airplane News and famous designs that won him several National level competitions in the 1930s and beyond. (Carl Goldberg went on to found his own company and produced well designed and popular free-flight and RC aircraft). Comet survived the post World War economic slump and continued kit production until they were bought out by long-time competitor Guillow's in 1998.

Airfix Curtis Helldiver SB2C - T3 Logo Issue, 1/72, 261

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

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1960s issue. Very finely molded and well made kit. Features folding wings, interior detail, canopy molded in the correct five different sections for optional positions, two position bomb bay doors, internal bomb load and external drop tanks and wing mounted missiles. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Monogram 1959 Cadillac Eldorado Biarrtiz Convertible, 1/24, 2957

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

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From 1992. Nicely molded and detailed kit featuring detailed engine with correct 3x2 carb setup, complete engine compartment, opening hood with scale hinges, full interior, detailed chassis with separately molded front and rear suspension parts, drive shaft and duel exhaust system, separately molded chrome door handles, windshield wipers, fin trim & more, special die-cut metallic film for the side stainless steel trim, optional up or down top, parade boot and more. Molded in pink, metallic charcoal, clear, red-tinted clear and with plated parts and rubber tires. The kit has never been started. The parts that were factory sealed are still in the sealed bags. The parts that were not factory sealed (chrome and clear) have been inventoried complete including decals and instructions.

Model Shipways Steam Towboat (Tugboat) Taurus Circa 1900 - HO Scale, 1/87, 2021

Wood and Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

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Ideal kit for first time wooden ship builders. Well detailed wood and metal kit in HO scale features machine carved hardwood hull that needs final sanding only, basswood and metal construction, true to scale wood, brass and Brittania metal fittings, plank-scored basswood decking, hardwood display base, detailed plans and full instructions. The kit has never been started. The parts that were in internal bags are still factory sealed. The parts that never were sealed have been inventoried complete including instructions.

Monogram Republic F-105F Thud Thunderchief Two-Seater, 1/48, 5808

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

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Still factory sealed. 1983 issue. Very finely molded and detailed kit with traditional high Monogram quality. Includes full cockpit, detailed wheel wells, drop tanks and weapons load. Molds were altered to make 'G' variant, so the kit cannot be reissued. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Hasegawa Mitsubishi A6M5 Zero Type 52 Zeke Super Ace, 1/48, 09782

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

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Still factory sealed. Very nice kit dated 2007 with 78 parts featuring complete cockpit, detailed engine and gear wells, drop tank, optional position canopy and decals for multiple aircraft.

Airfix Boeing B-29 Superfortress - Joltin' Josie The Pacific Pioneer, 1/72, 07001

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

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Still factory sealed. 1986 issue from original 1960s molds. Highly detailed for that time with many working features. Features 'very good' interior, opening bomb bay doors, full bomb bay detail and weapons load, moving control surfaces and optional position landing gear.

Replica Seacraft 19 Foot Cape Cod Catboat - 9.5 Inches Long, 1/24, 101

Wood Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

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Features unique hull, deck and superstructure materials so there is no carving. Includes fine quality spars, wood trim and sail material, detailed metal fittings, quality rigging materials, scale model blueprint and illustrated instructions. You build up the hull on a board with a center spar and bulkheads, then cover it with strips (appears to be heavy paper), then cover that with what looks like fiberglass. The side of the box agrees with this, stating that for this model "modern construction methods...simulate Ferro-Cement or Fiberglass boat building techniques. Never started. Many of the items were factory sealed and still are. The few parts that were not factory sealed have been inventoried complete. Like plank-on-frame kits, I would only recommend this for highly experienced wooden ship model builders. In 1976 Replica Seacraft had a line of these nice, very complete kits that included the Friendship Sloop, Cape Cod Catboat and Prudence Sloop.

Franklin Mint Armour Collection Bf-109 Gunther Rall, 1/48, B11E215

Metal Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

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Brand new, never removed from the box and complete. High quality die-cast model that is completely factory built and painted. When I saw this kit had never been removed from the packaging, I did not open it. If any of the paperwork is important to you, let me know before you purchase and I will check for you. This is what Franklin Mint says about each of these models: "Each of our die-cast models are hand-assembled and hand painted to ensure quality and authentic detail. To create each exciting precision replica, our designers and engineers make exhaustive examinations of their subject from every conceivable angle; photographing, sketching and in many cases studying the actual plans. Months are spent sculpting a scale prototype that captures even the most intricate details. The result: A precision-engineered model of unsurpassed quality that you will be proud to own and display. Each is a masterpiece of the model maker's art, reflecting our passion for perfection, our total commitment to superb craftsmanship, and our abiding respect for quality and authenticity."